Building Division


The Building Department reviews and inspects buildings and associated construction activities to protect public health, safety, and welfare pursuant to uniform construction codes governing land use and code enforcement.

Responsibilities of the Building Division include:

  • Performing plan review of new construction, additions, and remodels.
  • Reviews and ensures compliance of fire sprinklers and suppression systems for both commercial and residential properties.
  • Issues building permits and conducts construction inspection services for all projects including building, fire, roofing, electrical, plumbing, solar, and mechanical installations.
  • Ensures compliance with state and local codes, policies, guidelines, and standards of structures within the City limits.
Building PermitsThis division handles building permits including residential, commercial, and sign permits.


This includes new, remodels of, or adding additional space to single-family residential construction.


Multi-family residential buildings and commercial structures fall under this category, whether for new construction or remodeling of existing buildings.


Sign permits are issued in order to mount signs on the side of a building, as a monument, on a pole, or free-standing with post supports.


Several types of permits can be issued at the time of application. Over-the-Counter Permits are issued between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. and between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m..

Construction work involving the following activities may be eligible for an Over-the-Counter permit:

  • Re-roofing
  • Re-wiring electrical service panels and outlets
  • Mechanical (refurbishing heating and cooling units)
  • Re-siding
  • Plumbing


Building Permit applications and handouts contain further relevant information. To assist you in submitting an application to the City, please refer to the requirements listed on each of the applications. If you have any questions, please contact us at (707) 725-7600.

Building Inspection


Construction standards are based on the 2019 California Building Code. City Building Inspectors review plans prior to construction for accuracy and compliance with current building codes.

On-site inspections are used to verify that proper construction techniques are employed.

The work of the inspector is to assure the property owner that their building is structurally resistant to the effects of wind, rain, earthquakes, termites, and fire.

Further information can be found under Resources, Applications, and Handouts.

Code complianceConstruction without proper building permits and land use activity that is contrary to Fortuna Municipal Code provisions is ultimately harmful to the community.

Violations are reviewed by staff and appropriate corrective measures are addressed by Planning or Building personnel based on the nature of the issue.

ContactGary Goade
Building Official

Jeff Baldwin
Building Inspector

Building Counter
Monday - Friday (Excluding Holidays)
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Ph: (707) 725-7600
Fx: (707) 725-7610

Building Inspection
Monday - Friday (Excluding Holidays)
8:00 am - 3:30 p.m.

 (707) 725-7640

Please note:

  • Notification the day before is preferred
  • Leave a message before 8 a.m. for same day inspection
  • No final inspections will be done after 1 p.m.
Located at:
621 11th St.
Fortuna, CA 95540

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 545
Fortuna, CA 95540